A member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club was the apparent victim of road rage in Glendale, near Los Angeles last week.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Manuel Vincent Martin, 30, of Venice, CA.
Martin was shot in the upper body in the early morning hours of October 8. Martin was riding with another biker on the connector road between the 2 and the 210 freeways when he was assaulted. Sergeant Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department speculated that the shooting might have been a “case of road rage.”
The connector road was closed the next morning through all of the Los Angeles rush hour while police measured things and examined things and discussed the things they had measured and examined.
And, since the shooting, police have been extraordinarily coy, even for police, about the case. When he was shot, Martin was widely reported by various sources to have been wearing Mongol’s soft colors. Soft colors are tee shirts with a replica of a club’s patch on the back and can only be worn by members of that club.
Widely disseminated news video broadcast immediately after the incident identified a large, Hispanic man with a Mongols patch tattooed on his bare back as Martin’s riding companion that evening.
“We are investigating whether or not it does involve an outlaw motorcycle gang,” Sgt. Lorenz told the Los Angeles Times. “At this particular time, we have not confirmed it.”
Road Rage In LA
The California Highway patrol, which has legal jurisdiction on all freeways in the state, has long refused to release statistics about road rage incidents in general and freeway shootings in particular.
In the Spring of 2005, when local news media documented eight freeway shootings in greater Los Angeles over a two month period, Assistant Highway Patrol Chief Art Acevedo said, “We don’t want the public to think there’s an onslaught. We are actually on pace to have fewer shootings this year….”
So, presumably the number of such shooting in Los Angeles is somewhere north of an average of four per month.
Coincidentally, a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, wanted for the murder of a member of a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Charter President, surrendered to and was arrested by authorities in Oklahoma earlier that week.
No details of Manuel Vincent Martin’s funeral have been announced.
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